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Faculty performs unique songs

With the new season comes a new style of music at the Reynolds Recital Hall.

The “Faculty Art Song Recital,” which will be held on Oct. 5, features associate music professor Robert Engelhart in a solo tenor concert. Engelhart will be accompanied by fellow music professor Nancy Redfern and will perform a wide array of “art song” compositions.

The term “art song” refers to a type of informal music written to lyrical poetry separate from any musical or opera. Typically, this type of music is performed by one vocalist with a pianist in a more relaxed setting.

This is far from Engelhart’s first solo recital at Northern. He has been in over a dozen concerts in his 20 years on campus and explains that it’s standard for faculty within the music department to have such recitals.

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However, this does not diminish the prestige of the event.

“Only four or five faculty members perform in a recital series for a given year,” Engelhart said.

The musical line-up will showcase several different composers and their art-song styles.

Gabriel Fauré, one of the composers which Engelhart has chosen from, is a 19th century French composer who is most known in the music field for his work on the piece “Requiem in D Minor Op. 48,” the opera “Penelope” and his many French art songs, which inspired much of the art-song style for the 20th century.

Also included in the recital will be the work of American art-song composer Seymour Barab, who, among other things, is known for his work on music for children. Barab’s songs chosen for Engelhart’s performance have been set to nursery rhymes by Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson.

But the most innovative pieces in the recital will be the two by John Corigliano, an American composer of classical music who won an academy award in 1999 for an original music score in the film “The Red Violin.”

Corigliano has created several musical compositions to the lyrics of famous Bob Dylan songs, two of which will be performed in the art-song recital.

However, the songs Engelhart will perform are completely different from the original Dylan songs.

“John Corigliano wanted to write some fresh new songs to … the lyrics of Bob Dylan . but [Corigliano] had never heard any of his songs before, believe it or not, being that he is a classical composer . it’s a very original approach.” Engelhart said.

The two songs selected for the concert from the collection of Dylan hits are “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “All Along the Watchtower.”

The concert is free and will take place in the Reynolds Recital Hall.

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